Northeast Arkansas man pleads guilty to soliciting child pornography

A forensic review of his cellphone reportedly contained hundreds of videos and images depicting the sexual abuse of young children.
Published: Nov. 27, 2020 at 11:04 AM CST|Updated: Jun. 17, 2021 at 1:00 PM CDT
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LEACHVILLE, Ark. (KAIT) - A Northeast Arkansas man faces up to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty this week to asking a “parent” to send him a pornographic video of a 9-year-old child.

According to federal prosecutors, Cody Dillon Hogan of Leachville pleaded guilty to attempting to induce the molestation of a child and production of a child sex abuse video using a social messaging app.

According to court documents, Hogan engaged in a weeks-long online conversation with an undercover FBI agent posing as the parent of a 9-year-old child.

During the conversations, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office-Middle District of Florida, Hogan repeatedly asked the “parent” to produce a pornographic video of the child and sent the undercover agent a $50 gift card as payment.

Prosecutors said Hogan gave the agent “detailed instructions as to how he wanted the ‘child’ to be molested for the requested video.”

On Monday, Nov. 9, law enforcement officers executed a federal search warrant at Hogan’s home in Leachville.

Prosecutors said Hogan admitted to the online conversations during an interview with investigators.

“He also stated that he had successfully solicited at least three other children to produce and send him sexually explicit photos of themselves,” Thursday’s news release stated.

A forensic review of his cellphone and computer reportedly contained hundreds of videos of and images depicting the sexual abuse of young children, including sadistic and masochistic conduct.

He remains in custody awaiting his sentencing date which has not been set.

The Jonesboro Police Department assisted the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Jacksonville and Memphis in investigating the case.

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